Duke Field Hockey BIO
2 Paula Heimbach
2013: Tabbed a first team All-American by the NFHCA … Also named to the NFHCA All-South Region first team and the All-ACC second team while starting all 24 contests on the Blue Devils’ backline … Part of a defensive unit that ranked 18th nationally, holding opponents to 1.47 goals per game … Helped the defense post four shutouts, including against No. 13 Stanford and No. 15 Old Dominion … Scored a goal in the Blue Devils’ upset of top-seeded Maryland in the NCAA semifinals (Nov. 22) … Earned a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament team after leading Duke to the championship match for the first time since 2005 … Tallied a defensive save against Syracuse during the regular season (Oct. 11) … Selected to compete in the NFHCA Div. I Senior Game … Collected All-ACC Academic Team and NFHCA National Academic Squad recognition.
2012: Started all 18 games during her junior campaign ... A mainstay on the Duke defensive line ... Scored her first collegiate goal against California on Oct. 19, securing a Duke victory ... Earned two assists throughout the season to give her a total of four points on the season ... Garnered Longstreth/NFHCA third-team All-America, All-ACC, First Team All-South region, ACC All-Academic and ACC Academic Honor Roll recognition.
2011: Appeared in all 22 games, starting 21 on the Duke backline ... Part of a Duke defense that ranked second in the ACC and eighth nationally in goals against average (1.2).
2010: Appeared in 18 contests as a rookie, starting five ... Key contributor to the Duke defense off the bench, earning the starting spot in the final two games of the season.
Prior to Duke: Four-year letterwinner at Upper Perkiomen ... 2007 second team all-league defense ... 2008 second team all-league midfield ... 2008 Pennsylvania All-State honorable mention ... 2009 second team all-league midfield ... 2009 first team Pennsylvania All-State ... 2005-08 National Field Hockey Festival gold medalist ... 2006 and 2010 National Indoor Tournament gold medalist ... 2007 Disney College Field Hockey Showcase gold medal winner ... 2008 Disney College Field Hockey Showcase silver medalist ... Also lettered in softball and lacrosse.
Personal: Born June 4, 1992 ... Daughter of Robert and Dana Heimbach ... Has one sister (Alyssa) ... Majoring in evolutionary anthropology.